Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Forensic Psychology

Are you interested in helping adults or kids who are criminal offenders, victims, people with mental health problems or physical and intellectual disabilities? Would you rather be involved with criminal investigations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then our forensic psychology program is for you. You’ll examine the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system by taking courses in criminal justice, forensic psychology, psychology and sociology. So it’s like you’ll be getting two degrees in one - criminal justice and psychology. And if that isn’t enough, you’ll learn from faculty who are forensic psychologists.

Get a Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology

The field of forensic psychology is both dynamic and growing – making it explicitly undefined, yet exciting. Tiffin University has become a leader in the field and created a top-level forensic psychology program that was established before the American Psychology Association even identified it as a registered program.

Our forensic psychology is designed for students who are interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. In this program, you will develop knowledge in the treatment of offenders, victimology, crisis intervention, counseling, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods.

You will also study the application of psychological principles to the resolution of problems in the administration of criminal justice, such as jury selection, police stress and rehabilitation program design.

Forensic psychology graduates can begin careers in either a clinical setting where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in a research setting where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.

The Washington Center Experience

Gain valuable professional experience while earning credits towards graduation requirements by taking part in the Washington Center experience, which integrates professional work, classwork, leadership and civic engagement.

A Future With A Variety Of Opportunities

Students graduating with a forensic psychology degree have a wide range of opportunities. Previous forensic psychology graduates have pursued advanced degrees and have gone on to be accepted to law school, master's programs in criminal justice, forensic psychology, mental health counseling, school counseling and doctoral programs in forensic psychology and clinical psychology.

The forensic psychology program at Tiffin University is a blend of coursework in psychology and criminal justice. This gives you many different opportunities for employment in mental health, social service and criminal justice settings.

What To Expect From Your TU Forensic Psychology Degree:

Forensic psychology graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate the application of psychological theories and research to legal issues
  • demonstrate the psychological impact of crime and violence on victims
  • critically evaluate empirical research
  • design, collect data, analyze results and write an APA style paper for an original empirical research project
  • diagnose mental disorders and understand different approaches to treatment by constructing ITPs
  • learn how their own knowledge, skills and values match different career choices and be able to act professionally in a real world setting

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police


Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. Tiffin University programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours
Forensic Psychology Major 45 hours

  • FOR105 Victimology
  • FOR310 Threat Assessment
  • FOR344 Psychology of Violence and Aggression (w)
  • FOR430 Crisis Intervention Strategies
  • FOR460 Psychology and Law (w)
  • JUS461 Capstone Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (w)
  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY250 Social Psychology
  • PSY360 Introduction to Counseling
  • PSY362 Abnormal Behavior
  • SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC250 Social Psychology
  • SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w)
  • SCS471 Internship II
  • One of the following:
    • COR420 Agency Management
    • FOR347 Psychology of Sex Crimes
    • FOR365 Drugs and Society
    • FOR485 Death and Dying
    • PSY269 Human Sexuality
  • One Open Elective

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice hours 121


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

Victimology (FOR105) - This course focuses on the victims rather than the offenders; why they have been recently rediscovered, why they often do not report crimes to police; how some victims might share responsibility for the crimes with the offenders; how they can be repaid for their losses through offender restitution and government compensation; and what new services are available to help victims prevent crimes and resist attacks. The social and emotional responses of victims to crime are examined.

Psychology of Violence and Aggression (FOR344) - Course examines the changes in the methods, patterns and meanings of violence. Special attention is paid to individual and collective violence in the streets, in schools, at home, within the media, by the police, by terrorists and by the military. The major theories explaining the causes of violence, and important research about attitudes toward violence and the showing of force to bring about change are reviewed. This is a writing intensive course.

Crisis Intervention Strategies (FOR430) - Focuses on the theory and practice of intervention in various acute situations common in work with criminal justice clients, e.g., domestic violence, suicide threat/attempt, physical or sexual abuse and acute chemical dependency episodes.

Psychology and Law (FOR460) - Course studies the psychology assumptions that the law makes and the differences between law and psychology regarding models of behavior, theories of change, morality and values. Role of psychology in the legal process, the rules of procedure, the jury system and the psychologist in the courtroom are examined in depth. This is a writing intensive course.

Social Psychology (SOC250) - Study of the influences that people have on the beliefs and behaviors of others. Topics will include social perception and attribution, self-presentation, attitudes and attitude change, aggression and violence, group dynamics and their relationship to selected fields.

  • Case Manager
  • Court Diversion Program Worker
  • Graduate or Law School
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Investigator
  • Local, State or Federal Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Researcher
  • Residential Treatment Specialist
  • Victim Advocate

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Department of Public Defense
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Graduate School​
  • Ohio Attorney General’s
  • Ohio County Sheriff’s Offices
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • U.S. Marshals


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    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

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    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

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